All hail the conquering Nolan, creator of the magnificence that is Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. All hail the conquering hero, also known as the Master Chief. All hail the reality in which both characters, John-117 and Bane, are truly the same individual. And all hail the following 5 reasons why:
Bane and the Chief are big guys
Perhaps the most iconic phrase said to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises is “you’re a big guy,” said to Bane by CIA in the intrepid first scene of the movie. CIA spoke those words of immaculate truth in response to Bane claiming that CIA pulling off his mask would be “extremely painful.”
“If I pull that off, will you die?”
“It would be extremely painful.”
“You’re a big guy.”
At the same time, the Chief is obviously a big guy because well, he’s a big guy. His normal height is 6’10, and with his modified MJOLNIR Mark VI armor, he stands at a staggering stature of 7″2.
Pulling off their masks would be extremely painful (for you)
Both Bane and the Chief are instantly recognizable by their distinctive headgear. Bane dons a mask covering his nose and mouth. The Master Chief has donned multiple helmets, each of which are icons to both himself and the Halo franchise as a whole.
It was previously mentioned that in the introductory scene of The Dark Knight Rises that Bane informs CIA that there would be extreme pain if CIA were to remove his distinctive mask. Bane then clarifying that CIA would be receiving the extreme pain was enough for him to not attempt doing so.
The Master Chief, on the other hand, has had more than one people damage his helmet, and those people then experienced extreme pain. The Didact nearly succeeded in crushing his helmet it in Halo: Escalation, but underwent the extremely painful process that is being composed shortly thereafter. Jameson Locke cracked the Chief’s visor halfway through Halo 5: Guardians, but then suffered the extremely painful humiliation that is having your own armor restraint used against you after losing a cat fight.
Both Bane and the Chief crashed this plane… with no survivors
It may come at no suprise to stumble upon the words “crashing this plane” within the bowels of an article about Bane. After all, Bane’s most legendary line in The Dark Knight Rises is undoubtedly the words “Crashing this plane *DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN OST GOES WILD* with no survivors!” Yes, to both take out the CIA’s most intimidating agent, and draw the agency away from his plan, Bane crashed CIA’s plan by having reinforcements board the plane, kill the agents, make a fake corpse for Doctor Pavel, and then tether the plane before tearing it apart, from an even bigger plane (a bigger plane for a bigger guy). In essence, Bane destroyed his enemies in a way that made his plan more than achievable.
On the other hand, Chief crashed a plane of his own in Halo 5: Guardians. By destroying the reactor for the Argent Moon, Chief killed all Covenant on board, and then destroyed the surrounding Covenant fleet (and all on board said fleet). This achieved both asset denial, and wiping out a huge portion of the Covenant’s resources…with no survivors!
It doesn’t matter who they are. What matters is their plan
The first of CIA’s hostages to speak made it clear that things weren’t going to go the way CIA had planned, that there was a grander game being played. When CIA proceeded to demand the identity said hostage, the distorted voice said, “It doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is our plan.” CIA then lifted the hood from the elusive individual’s head, revealing it was Bane.
That scenario relates to the Master Chief in how to the rest of the galaxy, the Chief’s true identity is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter who he is. What matters is how he blew up two Halos, defeated the Covenant, and saved both the human race and the entire galaxy from eradication.
No one cared who they were until they put on the mask
As soon as Bane was unmasked by CIA, he announced to CIA that until he donned his distinctive mask, no one cared who he was. He had no respect from fellow rapscallions, he was not feared by heroes uncounted, nor was he a worthy target of the CIA. Bane was just another big guy, though he had some grisly facial injuries. However, as soon as he put on that weird looking, voice distorting mask, scores of scoundrels rallied to his caused, Talia Al’gul (or however the fuck you spell it) friendzoned him, and he became a worthy nemesis of none other than the Batman.
When John-117 was a six year old boy on Eradinus II, the only thing particularly charismatic about him was that he kicked everyone’s asses in King of the Hill. He didn’t rally armies, inspire burning hope and courage to those around him, no statues were built in his honor, he was just a resident of an insurrectionist-ridden planet. However, when he was abducted by ONI, and transformed into a hyper-lethal killing machine—when he wore MJOLNIR for the first time and donned that distinctive helmet, he became not just the last hope of the human race, but the savior of the entire galaxy.
No one cared who he was until he wore that helmet.
All of that being said, we can only deduce that the man behind that armor, and the big guy wearing the mask, are the same.